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May 4, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

Staff appreciation week in this week!  In my humble opinion, only preceded by being a parent, being a teacher is a role that creates a similar paradoxical blend of absolute reward and supreme challenge.  In the spirit of that, might I ask your child and/or you to consider a priceless “gift” to an important BCS teacher in your life this year by writing him/her a heartfelt letter for all they have done to support the learning and development of your child this school year.  While this costs not a dime, it will be a keepsake that an important teacher of yours will hold on to for a lifetime.  Personally, I would like to be among the first people to extend my heartfelt appreciation for the incredible dedication, expertise, time and passion that our BCS staff puts in as their role as “teacher” no matter the position in which they find themselves.  With the busy week ahead, I thank you in advance for your consideration in honoring our teachers and staff members in such a heartfelt way. 

 

While it is teacher appreciation week this week, our BCS school community was recognized this week as one of the best schools in the U.S.  As a clear example of the great learning experiences our community, in partnership together, provides for our students, BCS was just recognized as one of The 50 Best Middle Schools in the U.S. by TheBestSchools.org.  And, as pointed out in The Patch article, the only school from Michigan.  This is another example that BCS is a great place to be!  We are all stakeholders in this great learning community, and thank you to each of you for the important role you play in supporting the greatness of the students we serve!

 

And now, on with the other important events in the coming weeks…

 

Friday, May 8 is the big Day!  Mom’s Eat & Run followed by Career Day in the afternoon sponsored by our Proud Dads – Mom’s (or dad or other loved ones) join your child for lunch in the cafeteria on Friday, May 9 at 11:05 AM for 5/6, 11:45 AM for 3/4 and 12:30 PM for 7/8.  Click here for the flyer for both events!  Then, thanks to our Proud Dad leadership team, all our students will enjoy a Career Day experience with presentation from volunteers from our very own BCS parent community.  Career Day for 5/6 will be from 11:55-12:55 (Burdick/Burns from 1:45-2:45), 3/4 from 12:30-1:15, and 7/8 from 1:15-3:15.

 

Be sure to join us Monday, May 12 from 6-8 PM at Seaholm High School for Expedition 2014:  SUSTAINABILITY sponsored by the Birmingham Education Foundation and hosted by our BPS students and teachers.  View the video which includes some of our very own BCS leaders!

 

We would also like to invite you to a viewing of the documentary Reject on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 PM in the Groves Little TheaterReject examines the serious impact of social rejection.  The film and the following panel discussion are intended for parents and professionals who work with young people. This film is not for students. Panelists include Peter Brauer, co-producer of the film, Kimber Bishop-Yanke, founder, Girls and Boys Empowered, Celeste Nowacki, Derby principal, Jason Clinkscale, Berkshire principal and yours truly!

 

Here’s to what will be another fantastic week of learning at BCS!

BCS – A Great Place to Be!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

@bcs_cobras

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Character Connections Word of the week:  RESOURCEFULNESS  

Infuse this word into your conversations with your children as a character education focus.

·         When I’ve lost my way or when I am confused about a path to take, I remember that most answers I need I already possess – deep inside. I am naturally creative, resourceful and whole. If I consult my invisible compass, I’ll know what to do. – Steve Goodier

·         It takes hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance and courage to succeed. – Tommy Hilfiger

·         Anybody who has any doubt about the ingenuity or the resourcefulness of a plumber never got a bill from one. – George Meany

 

Help the Homeless in Oakland County

Several of our BCS 3rd grade students in Brownie Troop 70637 are working in our community to help end homelessness. They are working with South Oakland Shelter to collect new and gently used items for those in need.  Click on the flyer for details of what to donate.  A collection bin is located outside the front office to place your donated clothing.  Thank you for your consideration!

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of May 7-11, 2012

(Disclaimer:  Please check all your calendars and bcsonline.info in case we missed something) 

To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email mz07bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  by  WEDNESDAY 5PM 

Monday, May 5-**** MOM’S EAT AND RUN and CAREER DAY- THIS WEEK-DON’T MISS THEM****

·         6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

·         3:15-4:05PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

·         3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE

Tuesday, May 6

  • All day-Voting on Baldwin Library Bond (For City of Birmingham voters only)        
  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

·         7:45-8:30AM-New Family Breakfast-Media Center

  • 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center

·         DUE-8-8:15AM-7/8 Cedar Point Field Trip Permission Slip Collection-in front of the Cafe

·         4PM--6-8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH AWAY @ EAST HILLS MS

·         4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

·         7PM-Board of Education Meeting-B’Ham Education and administration Center(adjacent to Groves)

Wednesday, May 7

·         DUE-8-8:15AM-7/8 Cedar Point Field Trip Permission Slip Collection-in front of the Cafe

·         9AM-8th Grade Celebration Committee Meeting-Staff Development

·         9:15-10:15AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting

·         3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE

·         4:30PM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET-AWAY@SEAHOLM  vs. DERBY MS

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER @ HOME  vs. DERBY MS

Thursday, May 8

·         6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

·         7:30-8:15AM-Service Learning Committee-Conference Room

·         7:30-8AM-Diversity Committee Meeting

·         DUE-8-8:15AM-7/8 Cedar Point Field Trip Permission Slip Collection-in front of the Cafe

·         4PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH HOME vs. DERBY MS

·         4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

·         7:30PM-Forensics Showcase-come see what all the excitement is about!-Media Center

Friday, May 9

·         DUE-8-8:15AM-7/8 Cedar Point Field Trip Permission Slip Collection-in front of the Cafe

·         MOM’S EAT & RUN -  click  Mom's Eat and Run and Career Day

§  3/4 ~ 11:45am - 12:25pm

§  5/6 ~ 11:05am - 11:45am

§  7/8 ~ 12:30pm - 1:10pm

·         CAREER DAY-12:30-3:15PM

·         4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

Saturday May 10-SATURDAY SCHOOL and PARENT UNIVERSITY

·         9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-Welcome back for learning!

·         9-10AM-. Parent University-The Unbook Club-A recurring feature in which parents choose a book for the group leader to read, and then come to hear and discuss highlights-Janet Armil will present highlights from the New York Times bestseller Cinderella Ate My Daughter:  Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein-For parents from all grade levels-Berkshire Cafeteria

·         Saturday, May 17thPlease join Seaholm Flex teacher Robin Moten for a discussion about “What to Expect from a Nurturing School Environment”.

 

PE UPDATE-QUARTER IV -MONDAY, APRIL21 THROUGH FRIDAY MAY 16TH:

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will SWIM. –bring suits, towels and goggles’

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will be in the GYM.-bring gym shoes

 

SAVE THE DATES!!!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to BCS from May 27-30.  Check the Book Fair website for sale hours and volunteer information: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/bpscovington 

Family Fiesta Night  is Thursday, May 29th from 4:30 -7:30 PM  Join the BCS community for an evening of food, fun and even shop the book fair during our special evening hours! Look for more information next month.

 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM RESULTS-GO COBRAS   click  Middle School Science Olympiad States

On Saturday, April 26th the BCS Middle School Science Olympiad Team competed against the top 48 teams from across the state of Michigan at Michigan State University. It was an amazing day filled with great success!

 

FORENSICS TEAM RESULTS-GO COBRAS click MIFA-SPRING-FORENSICS-RESULTS

The BCS Forensics Team competed in the Spring State competition on Saturday, April 26th at Wayne State. BCS had 16 students compete and finished with 8 State Finalists and 2 State Semi-Finalists. Carson was the State Champion in DI. State Finalists included Mackenzie, Chance, Natalie, Dhara, Megan, Mae, Vivian, and Carter. State Semi-Finalists were Tarun and Jack. The team has a showcase open to students and parents on Thursday, May 8th at 7:30pm in the BCS Media Center

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION:

4th Quarter Choice Hour classes began Monday April 21st.  Choice Hour selections are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway and in each homeroom.

The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change was Friday May 2ndALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday May 5thChoice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the official Choice Hour change period which ended at 4:00 PM on Friday May 2nd.  No refunds will be processed after the Friday May 2nd deadline.

Thank you for supporting the Choice Hour program!

Choice Hour Planning for 2014-2015 School Year:

Choice Hour planning for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school has begun.   Several parents have already volunteered to teach some very interesting Choice Hour classes next year that highlight their talents and interests.  We are looking for someone to teach the 3rd grade and 4th and 5th grade math pentathlon classes.  3rd grade math pentathlon would not begun until QII, 4th and 5th grade should begin QI. 

If you would like to share your time and talents with a small group of students during Choice Hour please contact Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or email her at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us for more information.

Choice Hour Reminders:

Students that do not have Choice Hour on any given day need to be picked up by 3:20 PM.  Students that do not have a Choice Hour class and are not picked up by 3:30 will be charged a $5.00 fee.

If your student has Choice Hour but will not be attending their Choice Hour class please call the Choice Hour attendance line (248-203-4625) to have them excused at 3:15, email Linda Stone at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  or pick up a pink slip in the office to have them released from choice hour.  Choice Hour attendance can be a very time consuming job.  The safety of your children is always our priority.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions regarding Choice Hour attendance please call Linda Stone at 248-203-4625. 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPPORT SERVICES PARENT/GUARDIAN NOTICE

To all BPS parents who have children receiving special education support services through an IEP:

The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee is looking for new members  for the 2014/2015 school year. You may access a Parent Advisory Committee FAQ form and an application by visiting the PAC's webpage: http://special-education-organizations.birmingham.k12.mi.us/ and click on the "Application" hyperlink.  It is recommended you review the FAQ form to obtain important dates and information.

Opportunity to meet PAC members on Wednesday,  April 30  from 7:00-8:00 pm at Starbucks (Maple and Lahser location). You will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the responsibilities of being a PAC member as well as the ability to obtain additional information regarding the Birmingham PAC.  Applications are now being accepted… deadline is May 2!

 

FROM THE BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION  click  -SUSTAINABILITY

Save the date!   May 12- Expedition 2014: Sustainability

Experience the study of sustainability through the eyes of Birmingham Public School students. This family evening will include hands-on-demonstrations, interactive displays, students mentoring students and community businesses and organizations sharing their ideas on sustainability. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO- http://youtu.be/pazfu41IQKg

Expedition 2014: Sustainability will bring students face-to-face with current practices related to social, environmental and economical sustainability. Guests will also take a look at the future of sustainability and their role in its development. The community night will serve to entertain and educate all ages.

 

Do you work with a group or business that focuses on Sustainability? You may be a great fit for Expedition 2014: Sustainability. We expect over 600 district students and families to attend our special community night from 6:00-8:00 p.m., May 12. We would like to showcase local sustainability practices to the community and our students. If you would like to participate you can find an application at: http://expedition-2014.birmingham.k12.mi.us 

Expedition 2014: Sustainability-Monday, May 12, 2014-6:00-8:00 p.m. -Seaholm High School

Call 248.203.3030 for more information, contact Laura Couger or visit www.supportbef.org.  

 

TRANSITIONING TO GROVES… EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL. May 13 at 7PM-Little Theater

Our target audience is incoming Freshman and their parents.  A panel comprised of Groves students, counselors, parents, teachers, coaches and administration will speak on a myriad of topics including; academic expectations/demands, academic supports,  extracurricular involvement, high school social norms/expectations, transition activities and programs, parenting challenges, where to find support…. and much more!  Students/parents will have an opportunity to ask questions after. Fall  sports practices begin before school begins, it is important that students who want to participate connect with sponsors or coaches… this is an ideal time to begin making those connections

 

FROM OUR DIVERSITY COMMITTEE- Reject: the Film- May 14-FOR OUR OLDER STUDENTS  click  REJECT-the Movie

Our BCS Diversity committee encourages you to attend the following event on Wednesday, May 14, 7PM at the Groves Little Theater.  It’s worth the time (and may be worth considering for our older students.  Check out the trailer at:  http://rejectfilm.com/official-trailer/

Reject examines the serious impact of social rejection.  This film and the following panel discussion are intended for parents and professionals who work with young people. Panelists include Peter Brauer, co-producer of the film, Kimber Bishop-Yanke, founder, Girls and Boys Empowered, Mark Morawski, BCS principal,  Celeste Nowacki, Derby principal and Jason Clinkscale, Berkshire principal.  Time:  7:00 p.m.  Groves High School, Little Theater.

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

GPAC Hosts HAIRSPRAY SING-A-LONG! (rated PG).Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:30 pm Groves High School Little Theatre

Admission is $15 and include a “goodie bag” with props for the movie!Tickets are available at the door until all seats are filled, or in advance at:  http://HAIRSPRAYgpac.weebly.com

You won’t be able to stop the beat as we sing-a-long to the film, HAIRSPRAY -Dress up as your favorite character and bring your voice! Prizes, karaoke, concessions – having fun is not optional; it is guaranteed!   

 

BERKSHIRE MUSICAL PRODUCTION COMPANY PROUDLY PRESENTS “FAME JR.” Show times are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Berkshire Middle School gymnasium. Tickets are $10 at the door.

 

FOR OUR YOUNGER FRIENDS-‘TOUCH A TRUCK “ IS BACK   click TOUCH A TRUCK

Saturday, May 17 at Bingham Farms Elementary - from 10-2- Admission is $5 per car

 

THE GROVES HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA PRESENTS-THE 2ND ANNUAL FORTE 5K
May 18,
2014-Beverly Park in Beverly Hills, MI-Early Registration by May 1: $25 per person includes:
· Student-designed Forte 5K shirt · Certified Race Course · Awards for Top Competitors
Register for the Forte 5k online at
https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/BeverlyHills/GrovesHighSchoolOrchestraforte5k

 

SEAHOLM ACTIVITIES FAIR-SAVE THE DATE-MAY 28TH,2014 click Activities Fair

If you are attending Seaholm-all you need to know about clubs and sports all in one place

** NEWS FLASH**COACH MIXON HOLDING TRI-SCHOOL (BCS-BERKSHIRE-DERBY)BASKETBALL TRAINING AT BCS” !!

Come practice & improve your skills. Open to serious players who are motivated to work hard for the AAU and High school seasons. Waiver must be signed before you play.Thursdays from 7-8:30PM     click Tri-School Basketball

 

INTERESTED IN SOCCER? GOING TO SEAHOLM?

Are You Interested in Playing Men's Soccer for the Fall 2014 Season at Seaholm?
If you or your parents are not on the team e-mail distribution, please contact
Coach Ian Whitelaw for more information about camps and training over the summer at ianwcpg@gmail.com.

 

GOING TO SEAHOLM? PLANNING ON PARTICIPATING IN BAND?!

***BAND CAMP WILL BE HELD AUGUST 3RD-AUGUST 8TH WITH THE 1ST HOME GAME FRIDAY SEPT 5TH

If you are planning on participating with the Seaholm band program during your high school years we invite you to go to www.seaholmbands.com for current band information.

We look forward to your participation in the band program and encourage you to join us in enhancing your student's high school experience! Please contact us if you have any questions, would like more information or are interested in volunteering. Booster President Beth O'Rourke, beorourke@gmail.com 248-602-7325

 

FROM BPS COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Academic Summer School for Grades 6-8  click Academic Summer School

Brush up in Math and English and hit the ground running to better grades in the Fall-

For more information and to see all the offerings  - click Brochure

8TH GRADERS –REGISTER AND GET YOUR REQUIRMENTS OUT OF THE WAY-www.communityed.net

SUMMER IS COMING-WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS?

Summer Fun!  Summer Camp Guide is available at www.communityed.net

Half Day or Full Day Camp Options available with Kids Club at Groves HS

Check out the exciting variety of camps offered!

Register on line at www.community.net or call 248-203-3800

Academic Summer Programs available for High School, Middle School and Elementary School students. 

Register on line at www.communityed.net or call 248-203-3800

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS FOR SAFETY TOWN VOLUNTEERS!

We are looking for High School and Middle School teen volunteers to act as instructors at the BPS Safety Town programs in June and July.  Following the completion of the 9 day/2 hour a day program the teen will earn 22.5 hours of community service.  Responsibilities include accompanying a group of four 4-5 year old students throughout the 2 hour period.  Each teen is paired with another teen, under the direction of a Lead teacher.  Sessions held from Jun 16-June 27 and July 8-July 18.  The teen volunteer is expected to attend each day.  The application form is available at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us click on schools and go to BPS Early Childhood Center and then click on Safety Town.

 

BEVERLY HILLS LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION 
Online registration is now open for the Beverly Hills Little League 2014 season. Processing and credit card fees will be waived for early registration. The cost for Minors Softball (Girls Grades 1-3), Co-ed T-Ball (Boys/Girls Ages 4-6) and Youth Baseball (Boys Ages 7-8) is $100 and $120 for Minors Baseball (Boys Ages 9-10) and Majors Baseball (Boys Ages 11-12). Every registered player in the BHLL will receive a jersey, hat, socks and pants that are theirs to keep at the end of the season. Visit the website and register now at
www.beverlyhillslittleleague.org

 

FRANKLIN BASEBALL click Franklin Baseball Information

Play Ball!  Don't miss out! Franklin Baseball League offers community based baseball, softball, tee-ball, tournament, travel teams and coach, umpire and pre-tee ball clinics.  Register early and get a $35 discount.  Community based, FBL is building on a 60 tradition of excellence.  visit www.franklinbaseball.org

 

BASEBALL: MOTOR CITY PRIDE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CAMP APRIL 5TH (GRADES 2ND - 8TH)

Help your young player get a head start and a boost of confidence heading into baseball season!  Motor City Pride Baseball Club and director Mark Sackett (Birm. Groves Junior Varsity Coach) is holding a Player Development Camp on Saturday April 5th from 10:00am - 1:00pm at the Evolution Sportsplex Dome in Auburn Hills.  Registration cost is $75.00.  Please click the following link to access and download the registration form: http://sites.google.com/site/motorcitypridebaseballcamp   Players will be grouped together by age. Motor City Pride Baseball Club is a Birmingham based non-profit organization. Any

 

 BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCCCheck out the latest edition of our e-news letter loaded with upcoming programs and events. Click here http://tinyurl.com/nyywje8

Wanted: Talented High School Bands for the BBCC Youth Action Board Battle of the Bands to be held on Friday, June 13 in Shain Park.  The winning band will get to play a set with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers! Contact Kelly at kmichaud@bbcoalition.org or visit www.bbcoalition.org for more info.

The 2nd Annual Oliver Smith Memorial Baseball Tournament will take place on Saturday, May 10th, 2014, and be hosted by Bloomfield Hills High School (BHHS). Four teams- Birmingham Groves, Bloomfield Hills High, Cranbrook, and Franklin Road Christian- will play a single game elimination tourney. As part of the event, there will be a large silent auction at BHHS with all proceeds going to The Oliver Smith Foundation (OSF). By partnering together, OSF and the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC), work to develop and sustain local substance use prevention programs as well as provide help and support to local youth struggling with drugs and their families. Oliver Smith was the 18 year old who passed away in May 2012 of a drug related death.  For more info about the tourney or OSF, please contact Larry Smith at 248.633.6361.  To make a donation for the silent auction please contact Mary Jo Smith at 248.633.6360 to arrange pick-up of the item(s).

For more info on substance abuse prevention focused on our youth visit www.bbcoalition.org

 

GROVES CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS     START TUESDAY, MAY 27TH

All tryout/clinic dates are listed below:

  • Tuesday, 5/27/14 6-8pm (Learn the Sideline Chant, Quarter Cheer and Skills) 
  • Wednesday, 5/28/14 6-8pm (Cheer material review, Learn Stunt Safety and Basic Stunting Combinations) 
  • Thursday, 5/29/14 Registration Begins at 4pm; Tryouts will start promptly at 5pm until finished (Cheer & Stunt Group Tryout, Final Interviews)

Also, we will be holding a few open gyms for any girls who may want extra help with gaining new skills or brushing up on any old skills before tryouts. Come show off some great skills and have fun learning more!  

Tryouts & clinics are held in Groves High School Upper Wrestling Room.

Open gym dates are below:

TUESDAY 5/20/14 from 6:30-8pm-WEDNESDAY 5/21/14 from 6:30-8pm-THURSDAY 5/22/14 from 6:30-8pm

All Tryout dates are mandatory; if there are any questions, please contact Coach Teona at grovescheer1@gmail.com.